Price: $699, steel; $899, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-SW with RBZ 65 graphite shaft; 4-SW with RBZ steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The hollow-headed long irons (3-5) have a two-piece construction with thin, lively 455 Carpenter Steel face to boost ball speed. “Inverted Cone” face technology also contributes to faster ball speeds and distance on off-center hits. The stiffer upper toe area of the face controls flexion so shots fly toward their target, as opposed to right of the target.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the higher-rated clubs. Very good scores for accuracy/forgiveness. Shots fly high, straight and long.
PLAYABILITY: Shots can be shaped gently in either direction, although a high, straight flight normally prevails; long irons are easy to hit and more workable than hybrids.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: As forgiving as they come due to generous sweet zone and wide sole; shots typically fly straight, even on mis-hits.
DISTANCE CONTROL: One-half to one full club longer than some testers’ own irons; maintains distance on mis-hits as well as any club in its class.
FEEL: Like hitting into an apple on center hits—crisp and soft; head delivers a heavy blow to dampen vibrations.
LOOK: Mid- and long irons borrow from hybrid technology—big and friendly.
Meaty scoring clubs can be hard to control on partial and finesse shots around the greens; too little flair or shotmaking ability for some testers.